By looking through these bedrooms, you’ll be inspired to get creative by adding a bright painting on the wall in a small room or by mixing up different side table styles. You may just decide to hang curtains higher than your actual windows to make the room appear larger or buy a translucent office chair for your side desk!
In this small bedroom, the beachy feel is reflected in the different style elements. A wicker chair with light aqua linens makes it feel as if you’re on a Caribbean vacation all year long! Lamps on either side of the bed with coral structural bases also evoke the sea! Instead of traditional windows that are expected, the three smaller windows at a strange height act as an additional headboard!
Keep the wall color light and airy! It’s a well known fact that lighter and brighter colors help make a room appear larger as light is more reflective off a subtle surfaces. Select soft tones and stick to using the same color across all walls for an optimal effect. Another great way to add flair to this small bedroom is adding a built-in bookshelf, perfect for moving your favorite decorative elements out of the closet and onto display.
Add interest to any small space by featuring a gallery wall above the bed, in replace of a headboard. In this particular room, there is not a lot of wall space so take advantage of the space that is available and decorate it with your favorite paintings, photographs, magazine clippings, etc. This is a great way to distract the eye from the lack of space throughout the rest of the room.
Another way to distract the eye from the smallness of the space is having a chandelier or hanging light. The globe light above the bed is a fun addition and brings the eye upward. Add more storage space too! The stacked organizational containers double as a side table. Just because a space is small, doesn’t mean you should skip out on the greenery. Two plants at differing heights give the room a lived-in feeling.
Clever storage 101 – there is not a monster under your bed, just space to utilize as concealed storage! IKEA is known for it’s inventive solutions to brilliant storage solutions. When faced with a challenging space, a too small bedroom or tight floor plan, think about all of the areas that are empty and think of them as an opportunity. Under the bed, behind the door, along the walls and above your furniture.
The savvy headboard behind this storage-minded bed has space for shelving. This is perfect for placing a picture frame, phone charger, book, or hand lotion. The shelves also appear to be adjustable. This means that if you get a different bed down the road the shelves can adjust to a different height! Not every storage solution in a small space has to match. Frosted black storage options in the corner work with the wooden storage solutions near the bed instead of competing with one another.
In a modern bedroom, small spaces are often optimized by adding mirrors. There is less room for furniture in modern design, like in this space that replaced bulky night stands with stacks of books, so keep the lines clean by adding a reflective surface such as a floor length mirror which instantly helps to add dimension to the room.
Another trick in this room to make it look larger is the use of the color white. There is a lot of white in the bed linens and each art print placed above the bed has a stark white background. Instead of adding a bed that has a large platform or bulky dressers, this room focuses on the wide space and makes the most of it. A walk-in closet also helps the room keep from being cluttered.
This romantic bedroom is a great example of design that utilizes all available wall space. Don’t settle with a lonely headboard but jazz up your walls with custom built-in closets that also act as night stands and offer storage for clothes, complimented by an overhead display shelf for books (which add a fun pop of color to this space) and concealed cabinets for additional storage. Who says you can’t make an impact with just one wall!
Different textures, like the striped wallpaper and mirrored cabinet doors also keep this one-wall display looking unique. In a small space, adding different textures can make it appear larger and more versatile. A chandelier that is hung above the bed with the cabinets as a backdrop also makes the most of the small room. When in doubt, play up your storage by making it pretty and a part of the room like this one!
If you have to place a bed right up against the wall, make sure to take attention off the less-than-ideal setup. An easy way to divert the eye is to add wall decals, like in this room, the flowers guide your attention to the office desk and wall shelving. Adding in a bright and bold patterned area rug, like this black and white tasseled rug, is another great way to distract the eye.
Another way this small bedroom makes the most of its space is by having floating shelving above the desk. This keeps the room from having a large cabinet hung on the wall and makes it look more open. The white floating shelves have pretty ornaments, like the yellow clock, but also have needed books and a box for hidden storage. The acrylic see-through office chair is also a great touch that makes the bedroom look bigger than it is.
If a traditional setup is more your style, consider the balancing act. One of the easiest ways to distract from a limited sized bedroom is to make it appear as if there is nothing off. Like in this earth-toned bedroom makeover, identical nightstands are placed on each end of the bed with matching table lamps and a centered wall art painting. The balance of the room is perfect and therefore makes you feel as if there is nothing wrong in the space.
Along with symmetry, the night stand lamps in this bedroom give light to the walls and make it feel larger. The painting above the bed showcases a long road that’s surrounded by trees. Even though you know you’re not outside, by glancing at the painting, you feel as if you have more room in the space mentally. Sticking with a neutral color palette also aids in the modern sleek design of this small bedroom.
Cut the clutter. When faced with an already challenging space, the worst thing you can do is make it appear cramped or messy by adding unnecessary decoration or furniture. The Scandinavians believe that minimal design is the key to a successful and happy life. Embrace this design theory and keep your small bedroom space neat and organized.
Along with keeping your bedroom clutter-free, add pops of color for a fun energy! Using white as a base, choose a few of your favorite colors and incorporate different accents in those hues. In this small bedroom, the orange on the bedspread and throw pillow make the space feel bright and sunny. A small yellow planter on the window sill also gives the room a cheery style.
Allow natural light to shine in any interior and you are guaranteed to instantly make any room look larger. This beautiful space is quite small so sticking with light colors, such as white for the main furniture pieces, and soft hues such as pink and green as accents is the perfect balance. through the use of green plants and large open windows, the eye is immediately connected to the outside, which takes attention away from the tight quarters.
Expertly hidden storage also works well in this closet-of-a-bedroom. If you look closer, you’ll notice that surrounding the bed is a white cabinet built-in. This probably houses shoes, clothing, and other accessories. At the foot of the bed there is a matching white dresser. This can keep folded clothing items as well as any other electronic accessories the owner may have. Just think, all you have to do is sit up in bed and reach to the end to pull out your laptop and other accessories! Instead of cluttering up the top of the dresser, a small green planter makes it feel open and less cramped.
Maximize your furniture layout by building up! When faced with a lack of inventory to place furniture, which can big, bulky and take up more space than you anticipate, think of creative ways to combine the functionality of multiple furniture pieces into one. This custom carpentry piece incorporates a bed frame, nigh stand area, staircase, concealed storage for private items and open shelving for decorative objects such as books and photos without compromising on style or privacy.
By building a custom furniture piece such as this one, you can create your own miniature bedroom within a studio apartment! Another great part of this room is that you can hide away seasonal items – like a Christmas tree – under the base of the bed out of sight. Books are color coordinated for an extra stylish feel and the bedspread on the bed matches the art on the wall.
In a tight or narrow space, place shelving above ground and above head height so that you don’t diminish the circulation space below an pathway into the bedroom. A bed that is placed above the floor not only gives the illusion of suspension but allows you that extra under-bed storage space.
Avoid lining both sides of the room with storage. This bedroom only adds an open closet on one side of the room, which makes it feel bigger. Keeping the walls white, or painting them a brighter shade of white, will make the room feel more spacious as well. Lastly, a large window that can take up half the wall is also great for giving the space breathing room.
Location, location, location! This bedroom optimizes it’s lack of square footage by offsetting one of the nightstands to the end of the bed, without losing out on function. Still offering space to place a table lamp and adds a particular height that aligns with the window, drawing your eye to the influx of natural light.
A fun wall design also keeps the eye from realizing the bed is completely off-center. The black chandelier hanging over the bed is off to the side and not in the center, but gives the illusion that it should be directly over the bed. The window isn’t as tall as the ceilings, but you may assume it is because of the curtains. They are hung from the top of the wall and add drama to the corner.
Keep the wall art simple! Guest rooms are notorious for well, looking boring. They are usually the last room in the house to receive your decorative touch (and budget), but it doesn’t have to be that way anymore. An instant way to add a personal touch to any small guest room is to install a long wall shelf that spans the length of the wall, like seen above, adorned with decorative letters that spell out a special phrase and compliment an bold, accent wall color behind.
By keeping the rest of the walls white, your eye is directed to the sign and doesn’t notice that the room is smaller in size. Of course, also using white in the bedspread will make the room appear larger. Don’t over-do it with the throw pillows in a guest room. Two, maybe three are the perfect number. In this room, the owner mixed the different pillow prints which is a fun and unexpected touch.
Creating angles through color and creatively drawn out custom carpentry is one of the best design tricks you can learn when working on a small space interior design. A corner desk piece in this purple themed bedroom optimizes the oddly shaped floor plan and completely covers up the protruding wall. You would never know that this floor plan was a difficult one at first.
Again, in this small bedroom the bed is enclosed by built-in custom cabinets. The lighter purple shade adds style while it also hides clothing and other personal items. The small light above the pillows gives the space a larger feel. It bounces color off the darker accent wall which runs alongside the mattress. Instead of picking curtains that were a darker shade, the designers kept them cream, which keeps the room from feeling cave-like.
Creating a stark contrast in color, material, texture and pattern is also one of the best design tricks to know when optimizing a small bedroom space design. This particular bedroom is not much more than 3 blank walls cramped together, but when each wall is emphasized as it’s own, one with a light purple paint color and the other will a leaf patterned wallpaper, the space is instantly lifted and defined. The upholstered wall panels on the middle wall also distract the eye as a special feature. With so many design elements happening in this space, it’s easy to forget about it’s size.
In addition to tricking you into thinking the space is bigger with unique wall colors and textures, the owners also used shelving strategically in this room. On the back wall, both red vases with branches are placed on shelving. This attracts the eye upwards. By lighting them up with accent lighting, it makes the wall look higher. Another trick is the shelving that runs under the windows. This small, but impactful white shelf has two different planters on it and has room for more. Lastly, there is a shelf that runs along the back wall behind the bed. This can double as a nightstand.
Subtle color tones is your best friend when working with a small space design. In this particular bedroom, there is not much room to utilize clunky furniture such as a dresser and the bricks walls are so beautiful that you don’t want to cover them. Instead, opt for light and airy distraction on the ground – a white cowhide area rug is topped with a cozy and inviting sheepskin rug and aligned with a floor pouf. Although not a lot of space to circulate, seating is not an issue in this small bedroom.
Even if you have a smaller bedroom, you can still hang art! In this wispy bedroom, art is hung in an unconventional space to bring the eye back into the room. The two paintings are monochromatic, but create an anomaly in the room. They’re the only items on the walls and this makes a style statement. In a room like this, you also can forgo curtains. The focus is on the fun urban view.
Create a linear interior design to a bedroom by coordinating matching furniture pieces that align in height and character. This clean and effective design is an easy way to ensure your small bedroom space is optimized.
When you have a smaller bedroom, it’s best to coordinate colors so it doesn’t feel too busy. The light periwinkle of the bead spread matches the accents on the two shelving units perfectly. Instead of investing in a custom made storage system, the owners purchased two matching units and visually connected them by hanging a shelf above them. The beautiful floral wallpaper inspires the rest of the room perfectly.
Don’t forget about the window treatments! Adding drapery to any space, in particular a small bedroom, is a brilliant way to instantly help make the room appear larger. In the above bedroom, floor to ceiling drapery is added to help the windows appear longer than they actually are, which in turn creates a cohesive feel to the bedroom overall.
Don’t shy away from paintings in a small space! Since the rest of the room is filled with grays and creams, the large painting on the right wall works great in the space. Try bringing in other colored accents into the room from the painting. The greenery on both side tables matched the leaves in the art entirely. The white crowned moulding on the walls and other toned wainscoting also makes the room feel taller.
When faced with an awkward floor plan, like the angled corner of this small bedroom seen above, it’s best not to place too much attention on the flawed floor plan. Rather than trying to find the perfect furniture piece that will fit in the angled corner or the least obtrusive gallery wall setup, focus your attention on the bed and other areas in the room that are organized and straight lined for a balancing effect.
Adding white gallery-inspired frames above the headboard gives the room straight lines that overshadow the awkward corner. In a small bedroom, it’s not too much to add a beautiful headboard and then add art above it. This gives more drama behind the main attraction, the bed! If you don’t have space for a tall dresser, find a shorter one that sits comfortably under a window, like this one. It’s OK to place accent items on top of it, as long as the dresser sits under the window sill and not up against it.
Just like in New York City, some of the best architects realized that they weren’t utilizing space to it’s full potential. Look up! With the right ceiling height, like this small space city dweller’s studio design, there is more than enough real estate to include a second room, in this case, the bedroom. Most studios don’t allow for the luxury of both a living room and private bedroom, but when you get creative and build up, the sky (or your ceiling) is the limit!
Make the most of your space under your lofted bed. Think about you and your needs. Do you love watching television? Are you in love with crafting or sewing? Once you know what you spend most of your time doing, dedicate the extra space to it! In this room, the owner loves clothing and also enjoys having a place to sit and read. The magazines stacked nicely beside the chair with a light in the corner tells us a lot about the woman who calls this space home. Don’t feel like you need to fill the entire space, leave some open so it doesn’t feel crowded.
Sometimes less is more and sometimes more is, well, more! This beautiful sleigh bed is really the only furniture piece that is equipped to fill this small bedroom’s functionality. So rather than just adding a traditional gallery wall, that might not play well off the shape of the unique bed frame, add some personality to your walls with an organized mess of personal photos, framed prints, un-framed prints, newspaper clippings, etc. The intrigue and funk created on the walls in this room alone will instantly make you forget about the tight squeeze.
Along with the fun art on the walls, you can incorporate furniture pieces that are small and functional. The vintage crate on the side of the bed works like a nightstand and has a one-of-a-kind wooden lamp. A stack of books make the room look lived in and cozy. Since you don’t have a lot of space, a lamp that is mounted to the wall can give you plenty of focused light at night while reading. Lastly, a white fur on the floor lightens up the wood floors.
By now we realize the value and appreciation of a built-in bookcase to a small space design – it’s the easiest way to combine functionality (they serve as a both a nightstand and dresser) and aesthetics. In this particular bedroom, the shelves are lined with a gorgeous green-toned grasscloth wall covering. In additional to crating interest on the walls through photo frames, a gallery wall or busy decoration it to make a pop though wallpaper, which in turn has the same affect on the eye.
Lighting is key in any bedroom and plays a special role in small ones. Instead of only having two lamp lights on the sides of the bed, there are also two canned lights built into the custom furniture piece. These lights brighten the room during the day and make it look a lot bigger at night. Even though some accents are put on display, there’s a lot of space at the base of the wooden cabinets to hide personal items.
Uniformity is key when attempting to fins the perfectly furniture pieces to fit into a (very) tight space. Keep the nightstands and wall sconces the same to create a flow to the space that makes sense.
Sometimes the only place a bed will fit is in front of a window. Although this isn’t ideal, you can make it work for you. Begin by adding a headboard. This gives your privacy and also communicates that the bed is supposed to be placed in front of the window. Another thing to keep in mind is window coverings. In this space, light, white curtains work well. You can also add fun colors to add a stylish statement. Even though you want to keep each side of the bed similar, don’t be afraid to add different elements. The picture frames and planters don’t have to match perfectly.
Bedrooms are often one of the only rooms in a home where you really get to personalize the decor. Take advantage of this opportunity, especially in a smaller space and decorate your walls with your favorite photos, graphics, posters and prints placed above head height and sprawling from wall to wall.
A long bench in this room that bumps up against the bed makes the space look wider. This mimics the shelf above it and also offers a space underneath it to place boxes and shoes. For a small bedroom, like this one, a tall planted tree can make it look bigger and add varying heights. White washed wood flooring also keeps the room light and free spirited.
No space left un-touched! In a bedroom that requires optimal storage, it’s best to create a carpentry piece that is placed along the perimeter of the walls, from top to bottom, and centered by the bed. In small space design, maximizing storage space is key!
Don’t be afraid to add lots of personality on the bookshelves. Think of who you are and what represents you. Do you love to travel? Add some of your favorite souvenirs beside the books. Are you into sports? Consider placing a few of your favorite keepsakes on display in one of the cubbies. The bedroom (and specifically this bed covered by shelves) is the perfect place to display your treasures. Don’t think you have any? Ask your friends what items they think represent you. Then challenge yourself to display two or three somewhere in your space.
In a small space guest bedroom, you are usually inclined to include a twin sized bed, rather than squeeze in anything larger, since it’s not a room that gets used regularly. Without sacrificing on style, compliment the twin bed with a mirror centered above the head of the frame on the wall and offset with some framed photos.
Just because it’s a twin bed doesn’t mean you can skimp on style! Many different places have stylish twin bed comforters and sheet sets. Get adventurous and mix different prints. On this bed, the owner mixes teal blue and grey. By adding a blanket to the bottom of the bed in a different color, you add layers and give the bed a more sophisticated feel. Use the rest of the guest room for hobbies or an office.
Once again, IKEA is well known and revered for it’s creative and ingenious approach to home styling and small space living. In the studio apartment space seen above, every inch of the square footage is utilized, from the the ceiling mounted hanging system that serves as both a TV media console and shelving unit to the hanging curtain in the corner which hides the bathroom. Chairs for dining are hung on the wall to open up floor space and a panel is installed in the ceiling to create a privacy option separating the bedroom form the rest of the studio.
A studio can be a stressful space if it’s not designed well. Create some privacy by blocking off your bed from the rest of the space. This will create a sleeping zone and will keep it from being a part of the rest of the room all the time. IKEA has done just this in the studio above. By pushing the bed in the corner, they designate it as it’s own space. The shelving at the end of it can be used for the bedroom zone or the living room zone on the other side. The best part? The TV can face either side, too!
Small and randomly placed windows can be off putting and un-inspiring when it comes to decorating your bedroom, especially in a room that is already especially challenged. An easy way to combat that awkward layout is to feature bold and heavy furniture pieces. This draws the eye intentionally to the center of the room, rather than to the perimeter.
You don’t have to add the same window coverings for all the windows in your small bedroom. In this space, the homeowners didn’t want to draw attention to the awkward windows on the left wall. Instead, they only added pretty coverings to the full sized window on the back wall beside the bed. This keeps the attention to that corner of the room. Just don’t forget the blinds on both!
Create a visually interesting furniture layout. A great way to distract from the concept of a small spacial area is to offset the furniture in a way that is challenging and interesting to the the eye. For example in the bedroom space above, the integrated twin size bed is not the focal point of the room but rather than Tetris-like wall pattern play.
Other ways to make the most of a small space is to use furniture that hides storage well. The tall wooden cabinet looks like it works in the room perfectly and doesn’t take up a lot of space. There’s more storage under the bed as well. Three different pull-out drawers can hold clothing or other items. Each furniture uses the same shade of wood, which gives the room a cohesive feel.
Mix and match colors, textures, patterns, fabrics and textures. The combination of different and eye-catching elements of the room’s decor is a classic technique of distraction. In this particular example, the eye is not drawn to the bedroom’s otherwise small interior but to all the contrasting items in the room.
If you have large windows in a room, you can add beautiful sheer curtains to give the space drama. This is also a great opportunity to add some color! On both windows the curtains have a playful green edging that adds color to the room. This color is then reflected in the zig-zag dresser. If there’s not a lot of space in your home, you can have your bedroom double as an office. Simply add your desk at the foot of your bed like this room!
Is your tight bedroom too small for a TV? If you don’t have space to wall-mount a TV or fit it within a concealed furniture piece, consider mounting it on a corner wall with a swivel bracket system. This will allow you the least distracting design without having to compromise on incorporation of a TV into your room.
If you already have a small house and don’t have room for a home office, consider placing it in your bedroom. Even though this room is small, the space for a desk and chair is inviting and works. The large cabinets can hide paperwork, clothing, and other accessories. The matching cabinets above the bed can hold items you don’t use near as much. By matching the colors of the bed linens with the cushion on the office chair, the room is brought together aesthetically.
Incorporating color onto a wall is one of the best ways to liven, and brighten up a space, especially in a small space. Take for instance, this teenager’s bedroom, that got creative and plastered a color blocking technique in the shape of triangles. Color blocking is a popular way of allowing a young persons’ creativity shine within their own space. When they tire of it, you just repaint!
The trick to pulling this color block accent wall off is to make it work with the rest of the room. The grey and pink shades are then matched with the bed linens, throw pillows, cork board, chair, desk, and even file holders. Allows the colors of a project such as this to inform the rest of the room and you space will look like it belongs in Teen Vogue.
This humble bedroom was transformed into a design oasis through a few really distinct and creative elements, such as adding a copper plated sliding door to separate the bathroom as it’s own space, a combination of different color and wood materials on the ceiling, which help draw the eye up rather than down to the small space and really distinctive touches of rustic elements, like the wood flooring and furniture piece.
When you don’t have a lot of space for storage, make your own! This bedroom created its own storage by adding a space in the hallway where the vaulted ceiling is. This area is perfect for placing extra blankets or winter clothing. By painting the ceiling a darker color, the eye is drawn upward and takes the focus off the smaller room. Bright textures on the bed and windows on both sides of the space also make it look large.
Another creative use of clever storage! The faux drawers located under this window bench pop up to reveal it’s actually an incorporated pull-out bed system. No more need for those clunky and uncomfortable pull-out sofa beds.
Instead of this space looking like a design afterthought, the homeowners have put a lot of time and money into making it look and feel comfortable for guests. The matching window seat covers go perfectly with the throw pillows and make this room perfect for catching up on a good book. When the bed pulls out from the bottom of the built-in, you can add linens that match with the rest of the space in greens and browns.
One of the best colors to incorporate into any design is green. The hue’s many redeeming colors go on and on but one of them being it’s pull to the organic sense of the room. When live plants are placed throughout a small space, it helps to bring the outside in which is a great tactic for distracting from the tight space.
Whoever said that a small bedroom can’t have live plants is crazy! To mimic this look, familiarize yourself on different indoor plants. Once you pick a few that work in your small bedroom, pick out some shelving that will display them properly. In this bedroom, the plant holder on the right wall is perfect for showcasing a collection. Keeping the rest of the space simple will draw more attention to the greens!
Selecting mis-matching end tables is a popular new technique to creating interest in a space. This smaller bedroom is compromised because there is a not a lot of room to add a unique design touch so the focal point of the room is to be created by the furniture.
Since there’s not a lot of extra space for furniture, consider adding a fun accent piece at the end of the bed. Not only does this give you a chance to show your sense of style, it also gives you extra seating. This comes in handy when getting ready in the morning or just enjoying your small bedroom. The black end-of-the-bed accent piece is barely shown in this image.
A contemporary bedroom is often created by creating a combination of soft colors, for example the white bedding seen above, and then accented by a few fun patterns, such as the brown and white checked area rug, light blue throw pillows and the green wall art piece framed in gold. All of these beautiful elements are distracting us from the fact that this space is in realty a very small one.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match different styles when it comes to bedroom furniture! As long as the pieces coordinate (in this image they’re all white) you can mix different styles. The side table in the back corner of this bedroom looks rather modern and simple, while the dresser has hardware that makes it feel more traditional. A bright painting will draw attention away from the fact the room is smaller.
When you don’t have enough space to add a side table to both sides of the bed, that’s OK! Opt to use one of the surfaces as a home desk office and the other as either a nightstand or even a dresser, as seen in the photo below. There is no rule that states you can only have matching night stands – get creative with your available space!
This room breaks an unwritten design rule. Even though it’s small, it has a black wall! This accent wall makes the room look smaller, but works because of the lighter elements. There is a light wooden headboard, a white dresser, and a white desk. Instead of adding any black in the room decor, it’s kept as a dramatic accent wall.
Another really interesting design feature to add to a small bedroom are fun and unique looking wall sconces, like the white ones seen above with exposed light bulbs. These sconces instantly help to frame the bed and therefore give a concrete form to the small room.
A popular paint choice currently is grey. This looks really classic, yet modern, against white woodwork. In this space, the white woodwork along the large window makes the room feel massive. The white is then echoed on the nightstand and also on the white matted picture frame. The only other colors used in the room are light blue, grey, and coral which makes it look relaxing.
Have fun with patterns! A great way to do this without overwhelming a room is to apply it to the window treatments. This works because the natural light that will be shining through the curtains will help to soften any bold colors and patterns. This tiny bedroom not only hit their design out of the park with incorporating palm tree drapes, but the headboard is a one-of-a-kind beautiful wood piece.
In a small room, don’t be afraid to add printed textures, like the throw pillows, and momentos. By placing some found shells and books on the end-of-the-bed-bench, the room takes on a personality. A tray keeps random beauty items organized nicely and still close in reach.
Window treatments are a great way to help define a space but when you have a lot of upper level cabinetry and heavy side armoires framing a bed, like seen in the photo above, choosing a roller shade is a better way to make sure the natural light is able to shine through to help break up the chunkiness of the space. Keep it simple, white and a lower sheer value so it doesn’t darken the room.
By framing the bed with cabinets, you can add a cozy nook and storage space. These white, floor-to-ceiling cabinets are classic and give the room a sophisticated feel. They can hold hanging clothing as well as other accessories. Since there’s a lack of light at the head of the bed, a hanging light helps.
Wallpaper is back! Long gone are the days of your grandmother’s peeling flowers that were plastered all over the house. Now a days, many online vendors offer beautiful and unique patterns that can either be applied professionally or come in the form of a sticker – easy on, and easy off! This is a great way to introduce a bit more than just a paint color to a small bedroom space that needs some lightening and a touch of personality.
The key to pulling this look off in a small bedroom is to keep the rest of the prints muted. You want the wallpaper to be the main attraction. In this bedroom, the rest of the furniture is white and simple. The only colored accents are green, which tie back in with the wallpaper.
No room for side tables, no worries. Adding that extra side storage (we know, we all like to keep that glass of water close during the night) is as easy as just installing a wall shelf. You can make it a straight ledge or take full advantage of the full plan and add a corner shelf. Small space design never seemed so easy to conquer.
This room doesn’t look as small as it is because of clever art on the wall. A gallery of picture frames brings the eye upward and a side mirror reflects light. Another accent that makes you look upward is the hooks on the right wall. You can hand different clothing pieces or accessories. This gives height to the room and gets items up off the floor!
Beds are expensive. It’s not just the mattress we’re talking about. It’s the box spring, frame, headboard and bedding that are all responsible for producing a comfortable and attractive display. So when you are pressed for space, save a few pennies on the frame and make your own. Wood planks from your local hardware store are easily painted (white gives a great rustic feel) and attached to the corners, like in this country-chic bedroom seen above. Voila!
Another way to make this small bedroom look larger is by adding a white shelf which runs the width of the room. Above the bed, you can see beautiful pictures of family members. It’s best to mix and match different frames and styles of pictures. A unique accent in this room is the side tables. They’re made of bar stools!
Don’t worry about refinishing them or making them look perfect. The worn look adds to the charm. You can mimic the rustic-chic look in a small bedroom by adding baskets in differing sizes. These baskets can hold needed items and also add storage to the room. Another neat way to hide storage is in a vintage suitcase. There’s one slid under the set of drawers in this cozy bedroom that we love!
Taking DIY to another level is easy when you only have a limited space of wall to work with. This really allows for you to get the creative juices flowing! Create a visually appealing headboard by attaching renovated door panels to the visual plane behind your bed, as seen above.
This room is in Russia but it still embraces Scandinavian design. It was designed for a busy modern girl who spends a lot of time in Europe but who didn’t have a lot of space in the apartment, hence the glass doors.
Blue is a very Scandinavian color and this room displays plenty of it – in the wallpaper, the bedding and the photos. The only other colors are white and brown. It’s a nice color combination – especially as the brown wood adds warmth.
This Swedish apartment bedroom has modern graphic wallpaper as a backdrop and yellow bedding. The black blinds co-ordinate with the mattress and chandelier while the black is brightened by the wooden floor, white radiator and walls.
Tall windows are typical for Scandinavian bedrooms since natural sunlight is often sought in the dark winter months. It also adds to the sleek and clean outlook of the room.
Even tiny rooms can get the whole Scandi treatment. Just make sure there’s plenty fo white wood panelling and not too many contrasting shades.
A custom gallery wall is an easy way to incorporate different textures through mis-matching photo frames. This all white space is balanced by the carefully curated wall decoration.
This 1950s beach house bedroom is surrounded by vintage black and white prints in plain frames. The simple grey padded fabric headboard and bed table lights are also reminiscent of the period. The plain colour scheme is brought to life with a pop of yellow.
A traditional home with a difference, thanks to the striking ‘triangles’ wallpaper and unusual fox print above the bed. The bed cabinets – as well as the bed itself with its plain, small wooden headboard – are all 1940s/50s. the yellow bedcover adds the only real colour in the room.
A glamorous bedroom design doesn’t have to mean the focus is on feminine elements. The bedroom above balances masculine and feminine style through the use of juxtaposing features like the lines of the bedspread paired with the light fixture.
The ottoman (or small loveseat) is a fabulous way to create more usable space and make a master bedroom seem larger (assuming the room does have enough space for an ottoman or small loveseat at the foot of the bed).
The nightstands above flanking the bed are ideal for small bedrooms because they provide drawer storage, a surface for nightstand elements such as an alarm clock, books, magazines, tablet, mobile phone, etc. The lower bed creates more space giving the impression of a larger master bedroom.
Here’s smart use of wall space above the bed which allows for more storage. This is a terrific example of how to maximize the wall space surrounding and above a bed in a small bedroom.
This small bedroom gets plenty of natural light through the two windows, but table lamps in an accent color are still added to complete the design. Again, we see how adding simple, impersonal prints can keep a bedroom feeling well-loved, but welcoming.
This bedroom is a great way to showcase the principle of arranging items on shelving. Not every shelf is full, but the items are varied in shape, color, and texture, creating that magazine-look that so many covet.
Turquoise, gold, and chocolate brown make a lovely color scheme for this room. The woodgrain pattern of the bedspread stand out nicely against the other colors and the pale background.
Night stands are great, but if you can find a bed with a headboard that includes shelving space to serve as a night stand, you can free up much-needed bedroom space. You also want a bed with storage underneath. This bed is a perfect example that offers both a headboard with shelving and drawers underneath.
White and blue is a classic color scheme and this room makes effective work of it. The bold blue chair just visible in the corner is a gorgeous addition to the white furniture.
Light pastel colors are featured in this modest bedroom, with a bedroom bench at the end of the bed. There is a sleek green wall featured, which compliments the other pastels in the room just enough without being too much.
This long bedroom features a white wood paneled wall on one side, and a smooth blue wall on the other. The contrasting themes are brought together by a dark stained hardwood floor. A TV is featured across from the bed for entertainment.
A cushioned accent wall does the job of a headboard while also creating interest for the rest of the room. Making use of the suede texture throughout the room add to the softness of the room. The neutral color palette is livened up by the olive green throw over the bed.
There is no need for a headboard when you have a gorgeous accent wall like this one. The weathered paint of a few strategically placed boards creates a stunning contrast to the dark wood planks of the rest of the wall.
Natural light shines into this bedroom, illuminating the soft green walls and white bed covers. Dark stained wooden decorations and furniture help to balance out the light green tones. The working desk is set just to the side of the bed, with plenty of space to move around and remain comfortable.
A mirrored closet is used to reflect light around the space and make the bedroom feel much larger than it is. Sleek, light colored furniture and bedding add to this effect.
In Bill Brockschmidt’s 640-square-foot Manhattan apartment, the master bedroom’s curtains conceal bedside tables and a large storage area behind the bed.
Peter Dunham gave his tiny bedroom in his 550-square-foot Los Angeles apartment a sense of drama and scale by upholstering the walls in Bukhara from his fabric line. “I have a very imposing bed that gave my poky room style, a sense of scale, and the big pattern on the walls gave it a sense of depth,” he says. “I feel like I’m living big in a small space.”
“I love the hard geometry of the chest next to the frilly curtains,” designer Nick Olsen says of the bedroom area in a 295-square-foot Brooklyn studio apartment. To add a soft touch to the metal Heimdal bed from Ikea, he slipcovered a length of foam in Schumacher’s Hong Kong for a headboard. Duvet cover and pillow shams by Schweitzer Linen. Because of their large scale, Mercury glass lamps from Circa Lighting make an impact. They’re set on vintage end tables — originally brown, Olsen repainted them a bright Chinese red, “because every room needs a touch of red.”
Creating the illusion of space with mirrors is a classic trick that works every time. Perfect for smaller bedrooms, a mirrored wall will visually double the space. This one does the job in style, its high position keeping the effect subtle and the antiqued surface looking elegant.
If your closet is on the small side (or you don’t have a closet at all), freestanding wardrobes can make up for the lack. These are nice and minimal and, positioned on either side of the bed, look almost built in.
If you just won’t ever be the minimal type but are stuck with a tiny closet for a bedroom, add storage in concentrated ares by adding a bookcase behind the bed. It will add pattern and texture to your room and you won’t have to look at it while you’re falling asleep.
Even a small bedroom has space for seating. Small cushions and a cozy chair nestled in one corner make this a comfortable place to be, even if you’re not ready for sleep.
Steer clear of dense window treatments. “Hang very light and airy window coverings. Unstructured and unlined ones will ensure your bedroom is well lit during the day, but dark enough to sleep well at night,” Marks tells us. “I prefer a sheer roman shade, which makes the walls seem bigger. I created many sheers when I did my collection for Kravet.”
Even in a tiny boudoir, it’s possible to create various spaces. Instead of adding an expensive wall or cumbersome room divider, try hanging light, ethereal curtains to delineate the room, creating a tranquil slumber space within your petite bedroom.
Forget the idea that a small bedroom can only be enveloped in pastels or white; Barbara Elliott and Jennifer Ward-Woods of Decorating Den Interiors show how bold but coordinated black and white patterns and a large mirror add energy and a feeling of more space. Photography by Jeff Sanders
Some think red makes a bedroom look smaller; depends on the shade says Claudia Juestel who custom colored the hue to a rich, yet tranquil oxblood for a Victorian house. Photography by Adeeni Design Group
The same goes for pattern: A deliberate application in a small room can help the flow of the space and trick your eye into thinking there is more to the room. To pull it off, you have to get a lot of natural light in your room, advises San Francisco designer Angela Free, and be very restrained with the placement of pattern. Skip putting pattern on the bed, which would be overwhelming in a small space.
That big dark panel at the back of this bedroom is actually a sliding barn door. Architect Ron Sutton installed the large doors at the entrance to his bedroom instead of a more traditional framed door.
For the teensiest of rooms, it can become more about function than style. But for this small apartment bedroom, white shelves and drawers flanking the bed add tons of mess-free storage with style to boot. Wall hooks add another smart layer of storage in this tight space.
This small, feminine bedroom is bright and cheery thanks to teal walls and accents of coral and hot pink.
Sleek, contemporary furniture in a minimalist color palette is used to create a calming, low-key bedroom design. Since the homeowner loves water, designer Tara Benet hangs a ocean-view picture above the bed. It acts as a focal point of the room, while also adding a subtle touch of color.
If you want to create a modern bedroom, consider a bold palette of contrasting colors. The owner created a deep-blue focal-point wall adjacent to a yellow wall with a red accent stripe. Vibrant, geometric-print bedding and colorful artwork bring the color palette together.
Using soft blues and browns, interior designer Ann Wisniewski turned this bedroom into a restful retreat. While busy patterns invigorate a space, solid blocks of muted color set the tone for a tranquil space.
A very soft blue tufted headboard with nail head trim adds comfort and style to the guest bedroom’s inviting full-size bed.Attention-grabbing wallpaper with teal, navy and green flowers adds fun and personality to this chic guest bedroom.
The terrace suite bedroom has natural design elements and neutral tones, with pops of red, ethnic prints and two large windows that flood the space with natural light.